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Social media users criticized Hugo Lopez-Gatell, Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, after photographs of the official on vacation on a beach, Although it is unknown if the images are recent or were taken prior to the start of the covid-19 pandemic.
Social media users claimed López-Gatell for allegedly having traveled to the coast of Oaxaca when COVID-19 infections are on the rise in Mexico City and various entities. They also recalled that the local government called on the capital’s citizens not to leave home and not to hold Christmas and New Year meetings.
“And doctors and nurses no longer know what to do to have their hospitals saturated with a lack of the most essential – Hard Face Gatell,” said a user identified as Pedro García.
If I were in charge of the pandemic, I would be crazy morning, noon and night calling, insisting, getting vaccinations. It would have experts making vaccination plans since November and training all medical personnel. I would do everything except rest in Huatulco.
– Carla Erika Ureña A ???? (@CarlaEUrenaA) January 3, 2021
Others, such as the specialist and consultant in health issues, Xavier Tello, pointed out: “Everyone can do with their life and with their free time whatever they want. That said: What kind of Generals go on vacation in the bloodiest of the war? That is the attitude of someone who has already done his duty. Did he? Decorum. How much is needed “.
Everyone can do with their life and with their free time what they want.
1.- What kind of Generals go on vacation in the bloodiest part of the war?
2.- That is the attitude of someone who has already fulfilled his duty.
3.- Decorum. How much is needed. https://t.co/u2Qhn3s09x
— Xavier Tello (@StratCons) January 4, 2021
Other users supported the official and stated that they cannot criticize him “for having a couple of days away.”
Public service is absorbing and embodies enormous sacrifices. I know that @HLGatell has worked tirelessly for over two years. We may agree with him or not, but criticizing him for having a couple of days off the routine is unfair, to say the least.
– David E. León Romero (@DavidLeonRomero) January 4, 2021
Just on December 31, also on social networks, an image of López-Gatell descending from a plane without wearing a mask and talking on the phone was released. In the image it was noted that the official arrived in Huatulco, Oaxaca.
Exactly, I’m going to Huatulco on vacation because of a Pandemic and I don’t bring a mask on the plane
– Elly Alba (@EllyAlba) January 4, 2021
In his latest publication, prior to pausing the daily evening lectures, to resume them on January 4, López-Gatell reiterated the call to continue with the care to prevent contagion of covid-19 and he exhorted the population to stay home.
“Let’s follow the care to prevent contagion; please # QuédateEnCasa,” López-Gatell wrote on Twitter on December 30.
The health press conferences to present the daily technical report on #COVID19 They will resume on Monday, January 4. The daily update of figures will continue at https://t.co/55Bb9RwPXX. Let’s follow the care to prevent infections; please #Stay at home.
– Hugo López-Gatell Ramírez (@HLGatell) December 31, 2020